The Asian Boxing Championship, scheduled to take place here next month, was postponed to Dubai on Wednesday due to the deepening COVID-19 crisis in India, but the national federation will co-host with its UAE counterpart.
The tournament was to take place at the Indira Gandhi indoor stadium from May 21st to 31st in the national capital, which currently registers more than 20,000 cases daily.
“Following international travel restrictions to India, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), in consultation with the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC), has decided to hold the upcoming edition of the Asian Elite Boxing Championship for Men and Women ASBC in Dubai in 2021. ., “a BFI statement said.
“The event will now be organized by BFI together with the UAE Boxing Federation.
The daily addition of more than 3 new cases has led to several countries imposing bans on flights to and from India.
“… with the newly imposed international travel restrictions from many countries due to the prevailing pandemic situation, BFI and ASBC have jointly decided to relocate the tournament,” the BFI said.
National Authority President Ajay Singh said it was a difficult decision, but it had to be made.
“It is a pity that we have to move the place outside India. We were very keen to host the championship in Delhi, but we were left without opportunities,” he said.
“The safety of boxers is the most important concern for us and that’s why we had to make that decision. We watched the situation closely and after discussing with ASBC as well as the Government of India, we decided to hold the tournament in Dubai,” he added.
In a statement to all national federations, ASBC announced that the upcoming edition of the championship will take place between May 21 and June 1.
The Indian men’s team for the event is yet to be announced, but the women’s team has been determined and will be led by the iconic MC Mary Kom (51 kg).